Uganda Deploys More Soldiers To Quell Pre-election Protests

Uganda’s military has increased deployment of troops in the capital, Kampala, and in major towns to counter protests that broke out following the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine.

The East African country will hold elections in January 2021, but the early weeks of campaigning have been marked by an alarming amount of violence.

At least 28 people have died across the country during the protests, and more than 500 people have been arrested, according to the police.

Deputy army spokesperson, Colonel Deo Akiiki, has told the media that soldiers will be deployed at all major roads leading into the capital.

There will also be an increased security presence at sensitive areas such as fuel reservoirs and petrol stations.

A 21:00 local time curfew will be strictly enforced with immediate effect.

The curfew was already in place as a coronavirus safety measure, but the public were not strictly adhering to it.

Since Wednesday, groups of young people have set up barricades, burnt tyres and piles of rubbish in the streets of Kampala and other towns.

They were met with a violent police response and dispersed with tear gas.

Bobi Wine was arrested at an election rally in the east of the country, accused of violating coronavirus prevention guidelines. After two days in police custody, the politician has been arraigned in court.

Several opposition presidential candidates suspended their campaigns, calling for Bobi Wine to be released.

Source: BBC


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